In-depth comparison of files, archives, and directories
diffoscope will try to get to the bottom of what makes files or
directories different. It will recursively unpack archives of many kinds
and transform various binary formats into more human readable form to
compare them. It can compare two tarballs, ISO images, or PDF just as
It can be scripted through error codes, and a report can be produced
with the detected differences. The report can be text or HTML.
When no type of report has been selected, diffoscope defaults
to write a text report on the standard output.
diffoscope is developed as part of the `“reproducible builds” Debian
It is meant to be able to quickly understand why two builds of the same
package produce different outputs. diffoscope was previously named